Craven


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CRAVEN. A word of obloquy, which in trials by battle, was pronounced by the vanquished; upon which judgment was rendered against him.

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Archibald Craven she began to cease to be sorry and to think he was unpleasant enough to deserve all that had happened to him.
"Diamonds and small wheels," repeated Craven ruminating.
Craven laughed, and Flambeau rose smiling to his feet and strolled down the long table.
Craven," said he, talking like a man ten years younger, "you have got a legal warrant, haven't you, to go up and examine that grave?
Nevertheless they had obeyed him like automata; for Craven found a hatchet in his hand, and the warrant in his pocket; Flambeau was carrying the heavy spade of the strange gardener; Father Brown was carrying the little gilt book from which had been torn the name of God.
But by the time Inspector Craven had come to the corner of the grave, and Flambeau had planted his spade point downwards and leaned on it, they were both almost as shaken as the shaky wood and wire.
Craven stepped forward with his axe; a thistle-top touched him, and he flinched.
"Bones," said Craven; and then he added, "but it is a man," as if that were something unexpected.
Craven's parted lips came together to say, "What do you mean?"
"And why?" asked Craven, amused with the little man's hobby.
"Are all my chieftains cowards and cravens?" he demanded presently in sneering tones.
Oliver needed no prompting to despatch, and in little more than five minutes they were on their way to Craven Street.